Full worm supermoon thrills skywatchers

Skygazers are enjoying the stunning March full moon, or worm moon, which is also known as a supermoon.

Photographers across the globe have been capturing striking images of the full worm moon, which is the second-closest of the year’s three supermoons, according to EarthSky.

Supermoons happen when the moon’s elliptical orbit brings it to the closest point to Earth while the moon is full. The phrase was coined in 1979, according to NASA.

WHAT IS A SUPERMOON?

The full worm moon reaches its peak fullness at 1:48 p.m. EDT Monday, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 8: An almost full moon at 97.6 percent sets behind the Statue of Liberty on March 8, 2020 in New York City. The Super Worm Moon will rise on March 9. (Photo by Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 8: An almost full moon at 97.6 percent sets behind the Statue of Liberty on March 8, 2020 in New York City. The Super Worm Moon will rise on March 9. (Photo by Gary Hershorn/Getty Images) (Photo by Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)

The March full moon, which is also known as the crow moon, crust moon, sap moon and sugar moon, played an important role in Native American culture.

“The more northern tribes of the northeastern United States knew this as the crow moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter,” explains NASA, on its website. “Other northern names were the crust moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing by night, or the sap (or sugar) moon as this is the time for tapping maple trees.”

SNOW MOON STUNS AS ONE OF THE LARGEST FULL MOONS OF 2020 LIGHTS UP THE SKY

Two birds fly past the full moon, known as Worm Moon, in Moscow on March 9, 2020.

Two birds fly past the full moon, known as Worm Moon, in Moscow on March 9, 2020. (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)

Southern tribes, however, dubbed the celestial event the "worm moon," as a result of the casts left by earthworms on the thawing ground.

Some experts described the spectacular February full moon, or snow moon, as a supermoon, although others feel that it does not qualify as that category of celestial event.

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The moon at 99.0 percent rises behind the spire of One World Trade Center in New York City at sunset on March 8, 2020 as seen from Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)

The moon at 99.0 percent rises behind the spire of One World Trade Center in New York City at sunset on March 8, 2020 as seen from Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)

The snow moon was one of the largest full moons of 2020.

The Associated Press contributed to this article. 

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